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(1923 – 2005), Venezuela

Jesús Rafael Soto Biography

Jesús Rafael Soto was born in Venezuela in 1923. He trained at art school in Caracas and came to Paris in 1950, which remained his base until his death in 2005.In 1955 Soto participated in Le mouvement (The Movement) at Galerie Denise René, the exhibition that effectively launched Kinetic art. During the same decade, he began making linear, kinetic constructions using industrial and synthetic materials such as nylon, Perspex, steel, and industrial paint. Major exhibitions of Soto's work took place at Signals Gallery, London (1965); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1971); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (1974); and Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1979). For each of these exhibitions, Soto used swaying nylon thread or plastic string to turn the gallery space into an all-encompassing, kinetic installation, in which the experience of the spectator within the constructed environment was central to the work's meaning. Soto's sculptures and environments often play with the juxtaposition of solid and void, deliberately unsettling the act of viewing by blurring the distinction between reality and illusion.© The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Jesús Rafael Soto Featured Artworks

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Untitled (Barroco negro) by Jesús Rafael Soto contemporary artwork
Jesús Rafael SotoUntitled (Barroco negro), 1961Mixed media on panel
95.3 x 158.8 x 15.2 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Untitled (Pour Maguy et Moamer) by Jesús Rafael Soto contemporary artwork
Jesús Rafael SotoUntitled (Pour Maguy et Moamer), 1958Paint on Plexiglas and wood
60 x 60 x 24 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Harmonie transformable / Armonía transformable by Jesús Rafael Soto contemporary artwork
Jesús Rafael SotoHarmonie transformable / Armonía transformable, 1956Paint on Plexiglas and wood
80 x 40 x 100 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Untitled by Jesús Rafael Soto contemporary artwork
Jesús Rafael SotoUntitled, 1950Oil on Masonite
35 x 27 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Untitled by Jesús Rafael Soto contemporary artwork
Jesús Rafael SotoUntitled, 1958Paint on metal and wood
100 x 100 x 38 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Untitled (Cubos ambiguos) by Jesús Rafael Soto contemporary artwork
Jesús Rafael SotoUntitled (Cubos ambiguos), 1961Mixed media on panel
100 x 100 x 27 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Ecriture bleu central by Jesús Rafael Soto contemporary artwork
Jesús Rafael SotoEcriture bleu central, 1999Paint on wood and metal, nylon
208 x 304 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
Bleu supérieur by Jesús Rafael Soto contemporary artwork
Jesús Rafael SotoBleu supérieur, 1999Paint on wood and metal
162 x 162 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery

Jesús Rafael Soto Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Soto, Vibrations, 1950–1960 at Hauser & Wirth, New York
Closed
29 April–26 July 2019 Soto Vibrations, 1950–1960 Hauser & Wirth69th Street, New York

Jesús Rafael Soto Represented By

Perrotin contemporary art gallery in Paris, France Perrotin Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo

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